Working holiday tips for adventurous remote workers

Embarking on a working holiday can be a great way to experience the world without blowing your savings. And thanks to the rise of digital coworking and project management tools, it’s never been easier to work remotely. If you can work from anywhere, why not book a flight and work from somewhere incredible?

Granted, there is more to planning a working holiday than spinning a globe and jetting off to where your finger lands. Preparing to work on the go will take some strategic planning. For starters, you’ll need to invest in digital security measures for your work devices. You’ll also need to make sure you have a comfortable place to work from and the ability to connect online wherever you set your sails. 

Discover the following tips on how you can prepare for a successful and productive working holiday as a remote worker. Read on to learn how to explore while working.

Prepare your devices for remote work

The first step you should take is to make sure you are digitally set up to work abroad. This means learning how to use a VPN, securing your lock screens, and setting complex passwords and passcodes on all your devices. It’s also worth it to delete any unused apps, to keep your connections extra speedy and less prone to lag caused by bloat.

As well as preparing your devices, you should also prepare yourself by mastering digital security basics. Familiarise yourself with the dangers of using public Wi-Fi and internet cafes. Learn some of the best ways to protect yourself against cyberattacks while travelling abroad.

Sort out your travel documentation early

Are you planning to stay in one destination for up to 12 months? If so, you’ll need to secure a working holiday visa or digital nomad visa and make sure that you have a valid passport for the duration of your trip. It’s well worth sorting out these documents months before your trip. It could be nerve-wracking to learn that you have to renew your passport or get a visa confirmation just weeks before your departure.

On top of your passport and visa documentation, you should also secure travel insurance for your working holiday. There are plenty of different insurance providers that offer policies for travelling professionals. Be sure to shop around to find the best policy for your unique work and travel needs. 

Do not forget the vaccines. You may need to get vaccinated months before your trip, depending on your chosen location. Once again, it’s best to sort your travel insurance and book any vaccination and other health appointments early. By being proactive, you’ll be able to prevent all these items from piling up for the last days before your departure.

Build up your local professional networks 

If you plan to meet other working travellers while abroad, then this next tip is for you. Some professionals go on working holidays across the Asia-Pacific region to expand their professional network. You may find that it’s a lot easier to start networking when you have local guides to show you around. Reach out to your existing connections in your travel destinations to plan some meet-ups with them. 

If you don’t have any existing connections in your selected location, then why not make some before you leave? By joining online forums and Facebook or LinkedIn groups, you can find like-minded professionals to connect with. These connections may end up proving to be of great value to you – and you to them, if they schedule a working holiday in your home country.

Budget according to local living costs

One of the evergreen tenets of travelling abroad is knowing your destination. And we don’t mean being aware of what attractions to see or learning some basic phrases. Although learning some of the local languages will enrich your travelling experience. 

 A working holiday is a great way to see the world without draining your savings. But if your working holiday is likely to cost more than your salary, then you might as well be taking a full-rest holiday. Be sure to budget when preparing for your trip.

Understanding local living costs, exchange rates, and amending your travel budget accordingly can help to ensure you’re travelling within your means. 

Make some time to explore your location

Finally, there’s a reason it’s called a ‘working holiday’. You can’t explore your travel destination if you’re closed in your hotel room for 12 hours a day. Carve out time in your itinerary to fit in some tourist activities that will let you immerse yourself in local culture.

This can be as easy as finding hotels that are close to all the attractions you’d like to see, and then allocating time and resources for you to be able to work when travelling from city to city. You can also alternate between travel/work days and tourist days. A great example is catching the Shinkansen in Japan. If you’re expecting to catch the Shinkansen, you’ll be able to work from your train carriage.

Absorb your surroundings whilst fulfilling your professional responsibilities. That’s the best way to make the very most of your working holiday.

Make the most of your next working holiday

With all these tips, you should have a stronger idea of how to stay productive while enjoying your holidays. So, get to the planning now. With all these tips and tricks, you will set yourself up for an enriching working holiday experience.